The technology on which many people rely for blood-glucose management?with all the tubes, infusion sets, and delicate circuitry?can really get in the way of executing proper yoga poses. For anyone who may have shied away from yoga for these reasons, take heart. Many people with T1D have mastered Monkey Pose and gone deep into Downward Dog—all while comfortably sporting an insulin pump.
Losing a friend is hard, but losing a friend to T1D is harder. By Catrina Curtis (15 years old, Mississippi) I can still remember the exact moment, almost three years ago, when my mom told me that my friend Lindsi had passed away. My mom had picked me up from school and was […]
Technological advances and enhanced treatments over the past 40 years have led to major improvements in blood-glucose control for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). More sophisticated tools, such as systems to automate some insulin delivery or glucose responsive insulin, could help to improve blood-glucose control. To this end, JDRF continues to lead in the […]
By Darren Bolton Chalk it up to a “life lesson” that was well-learned and safely resolved. Sometimes you get thrown an unexpected curveball, just when you think you have everything under control. Here’s my story. When I was first asked to write this article about managing an emergency low-blood-sugar episode for Countdown, I was not […]
Question: What are some good ways to treat low blood sugar levels without adding too many calories? Answer: I think that most people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have experienced the dilemma of getting a low blood glucose (sugar) level and having to treat it with an uncomfortably high number of calories. I remember that […]
These developments represent a giant step forward on the path to achieving an artificial pancreas, a fully automated system that can dispense insulin to patients based on real-time changes in blood sugar levels. Even the earliest systems could bring dramatic changes in the quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes.
Continuous glucose monitors are more than simply devices of convenience for people with diabetes—they are tools that can substantially improve blood sugar control in people of all ages when used regularly, without increasing the risk of dangerous low blood sugar. The growing evidence of the benefits of CGM underscores the importance of continued research into a closed-loop artificial pancreas, a system that uses CGM data to automatically deliver the right amount of insulin through a pump.
An insulin that needs to be injected only once per day and that reacts to blood sugar only when needed could mark a significant improvement in treating diabetes, requiring fewer injections and less glucose monitoring while reducing hypoglycemia.